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How the Bob-Cat Lost Ills Tall 

HIS is a legend n\ lon^ ago; 
C'nini.', little brotlicr. lonic tluM' 

and liL'.ir 
A talent the land nt the XavaJD, 
Witit its purple nuttes a;id its 

air so clear, 
The diistv saj:;e and the pinyon 

riie tiiiv hnnies of the desert folk; 
Wliere Mrnther Coyote runs swift and free, 
\N'itli a warv eve for a hogan's smoke. 

Now out in the desert, so far away, 

The animals lived in a little town 

Whose houses were huilt of sticks and clay, 

And painte(1 an. earthen, dusty brown. 

Remember tliat this was long ago, 

W'lieii beasts and men one language spnke. 

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I lif \\"ll .iihi tlu- :mI)|):i, (...xmIc ,i::,i Iumi', 

-\ii.i \\v\ : ,1 inniiK-in'- (i;-i.'ir,| knew. 

Hut 'MK' tluTc i.inif t'l this pc.uitul I. .imp, 
.\ini iin Miic .i-ki'ii Iniii III' w.nitcii limi ilicic, 

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lie liurneii the nieiiu i:ie liu' ilnwn. 
.\ihl -tiile the p,iint .iiiii the -,k leii me,il. 
Ill the iie,nl n\ i]]'j^\\{ heM the tuwii. 
.Xini preemu- tre.i-tire> t rum e.u h li<inu- 
lie hiiiiieil the liehi- n\ lipeiiiii'^ m.ii/e; 
1 le iini\ e ,ill the hnr-i.-- t,ii- .iw u ; 
lie tliiiUL;lit 111 ;i luii'.lreii u iekeij \\,i\- 
I'l Inu'hlen .iinl li.iini them ni^ht .inJ >l;i\. 

Tlii- w.i- the l\n\: hut ,it time 

.\ iiiiiLi; .Hill hciutitul t.iil lie wore, 

,\ii(l m,iii\ ,1 -t'ir\ .uiil m.iiu ,1 ilumc 

Il.icl heeii written .ihrnit it in li.u- hehue. 

l)Ut iMW he w.i- h.iteii h\ .111, i sm.iU; 

1 he\ hin^etl tn puni-li .iiiii kill him tnii; 

Hut tin- w,i- \ iite.i. In mie ,iihl .ill, 

1 l.iiiilx the |">iis-:hle tlnii'^ tn (in, 

I'm: there w.i- ,1 -eeret he kept lull well - 

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riu' pns-lhle W,l\ tn (In llilll ll.lllli. 

nnw no !?-(. A 1 I OS I H I s 1 A 1 I. > 

Snf.uK aihi l.itc t!iLA ilMimht aiiii iIka tli'iii'^lit. 
\\n\\ tlic\ iniilii punish li;m to A'>\ 
W u.i> the (.li.irni n\ t\w iikil^ii iIkn tuii'^rht- 
Whii lit tluni all i.'iuM tuini>li a ilurr 




C)l(l lather Ikar \\a> their ruler then, 
Aiiii just and wise was his rule, aiui kinti. 
He ealled together the wisest men 
Til see what reinedv tiiev enuM tiiul. 

()"er many a pipe tiiey noddeii until 

One <M their numher l)rietl\ spoke; 

His \')iee in the silenee soumleii shrill. 

Aiiil the others peered throui;h the ha/e of smoke 

"Out on the eiiL,^' of the desert, ' he said, 

"A medieine-man lives .ill alone; 

The wisdom of ai^es, livinj^ and dead, 

He minifies with wisdom of liis own. 

[brother Coyote is swift ami ^ure; 

We'll >i:\\i\ him out to this ancient man, 

And 111: will su^tjest the wisest cure 

For all of our trouble if AN'^OM can." 

[ INDIA N I I (, IN |)S IN \{\l\ M K 

.\i)ii sd w hen the mih went (inwn that iiiLclit, 

.\n.i <<\v\ the h'lhiip, hriL^'lit a^ ii.i\, 

C'.niu- [H\[iin4 the dm, in with mellnu li.L^ht, 

I'l'ilhi-r ( n\Mte -ped ^witt ,iw.i\. 

\\'ilh the -peeJ n| tlie w in.i he Inpeii along, 

<)\ei- the hi!!- an. I mek- an. I >anil, 

Anii a- hi' lan lie ^.iwj, a -'in-^r^ 

A s./ii:,' i,\ the hunt an.l the desert laiid: 

"Hrini,^ nie my pnnv and arri)\\> aiiii bnw! 
Tile iie:-ert isealliim, and ,<;laiil\ I ^,i 
Ji> hunt l(ir the deer or to hunt for tin toe; 
It matters hut little I i;o. I s^r,,! 
I'm oCt tor the desert, H<i-ho! Ho-ho! 
I'm o(i' tor the desert. Ho-ho!" 

On he ran, through wood and throuj^h dale, 
And never a moment stopped for rest 
"Til the purple skv ,<,Me\\ wan and pale. 
And the sun peepe.i over a hillv erest. 
Then there before him a wonderful sij;ht 
Broutilit his speed to a paee more slow; 
l"or spread before him in rosv li^bt 
The Painted Desert lav far below. 

now BOR-tAT i.osr HIS i aii. ,- 

Fn a tiny hut dii a juttiiiij lc(1ij;c', 

In the shade of a twisteii pinvon tree, 

Rij^ht on the desert's verv edi^e. 

Lived the wise old man he had ennie to sec. 

And now in the iloor of hi^ hut he sat. 

And sniiiked an(i nodded and smiled and thought. 

And found an answer to (juestions that 

Many a wise olii man had souji;ht. 

He raised his eyes to the trail, at last, 
That twisted hack up the mesa's wall, 
Where a tiny speck was coming fast. 
But seemed to the wise old saj^e to crawl; 
For well he knew who the comer was. 
And why he came, and the need of speed. 
And he knew the lynx as the evil cause. 
And he knew the waiting villages' need; 
So, turning into the hogan door. 
rie reached for his hags of colored sand, 
And kneeling down on the beaten floor 
He spread them out with careful hand. 



I N 1) I \ N I I (. I \ i)s IN i{ n ^ \i i: 

■ \ii 'il'i. "lii -"11;; liL- (.liantcii Imu, 
A- Mil ilic iliiDi tlic puturL- ;,'rfu, 
•\n.i iiiiM tlir ilnor uitli >t(.'p> imu -\n\\ 
\>V'<l\\ur C'ii\(>ii- I .mic int'i \ic\v. 

'Ilic wise oKi man then msc and said: 
■'Hrotlicr. your errand is known to inc. 
I'lit wisdom t^ncatcr tlian mv old head 
Must i,nve the an>\\er, \n\X we siiall see." 
I lien down lie took trom the diistv wall 
An aiuient rattle of tortoise-shell, 
And into the tire let ,i,a-ntlv fall 
Some iiuense powder of frat^rant smell. 

1 hen walkiiiLi; slowly, with stateh i;racc, 

He circled the sandy -pictured tloor. 

And cliantiiii; low with a solemn face, 

lie shook the rattle o'er and o'er. 

1 hen carefully placinu; a woven mat 

In the midst of the br-^htlv colored sands. 


now non-i \ r ion i h i > i \ 1 1 

D'lW n (ill the pit. iiiif,! il.H.r !;.■ >.;!, 

Aihl hem his I.Kc .I'ci- lii> tnliicJ h.iihU. 

I.iiiii,' he sat, .iiiil the -iIciKc l,m-cu. 

.\iiil Hrnthcr i'ayiu- he:;.!!! Im \.u\ii; 

lie ^!rcti.hc,i and un-.uL-.i a;iil ^l^ht■,i virne. too, 

Aiui won.lcrci li..\v nun h n| the \.i\ ha.i ^oiie. 

f'inall\. tlien, the nl,i man saui, 
As he rai>eii his aiuient. wrinkle.] taee: 
'■ riiis is the mes>aL,'e tliat I have rea.l 
'ii tlic painte.i hv the spirit"s ^raee: 
•loTAKi: INi)\| nil ivxx Ills |'(»\\||< !,,< !:\|, 
'<"i: "l\l oi Til \r III, I.OMS Till i;i M.' 
An. I that." he sai.l. with a l.).)k lia!l >aJ. 
"Is all ue are vAA. Ynu must learn ;!ie re>t." 

An. I I!r.)ther (.'oyote, with tiioiiL^'htlii! brow, 
lurne.i to the iiot,Mn"s open tlour, 
Aihl breathed in deeplv, tor he must now 
Spee.i swit't away up the trail oiue 

And ai^ain in tlie camp did the couneil meet. 


s INDIA N 1. 1; a \: n n s in lui v m k 

And (Iccpcr still was the mystcrv now. 

And cvcrv wise man tmik liis scat 

With a pu/.zlcd look on hi> thouirhtful brow. 

The l\n\ was i.'au.iiht, and thc\\i chained him, too, 

In the stronj^est house there was in town, 

15ut everv man ot the council knew 

llv'd tree himself when the sun went down. 

I"or that was the strenj^th ot his mai,nc spell - 

•Nothinj^ could iiold him wlien darkness came; 

Lockint^ the door or t\int; liim well, 

Chaining iiim down it was all the same. 

And now he sat on the saiid\ tloor. 
And his evil lace wore a wickeil smile 
As he said to himself the words once more 
He'd heard before but a little while: 

"To TAKI IKOM Till. I.VW MIS I'nWTR jOR I! \|). 

Ah," he muttereil, "that makes them mad! 

Surely, the w ise one spoke in jest. 

How . )uld they know chat the thinj^ I love" 

(And he ^ave his beautiful tail a pat) 

"Kverythin^ else in tiie world above 

Is vol', and, my beauty, they'll \l air j^uess that!" 

Hut near the lyn\, in a cold n^ra\ heap. 
The ashes lay of a tire lonjf dead. 
And buried under their ^iftness deep, 
A little horned-toad on the sandv bed. 
And brij^ht were his eyes as the stars at night, 
And sharp his ears as the cactus spear; 
Anil he saw the lvn\ i: the fading light, 
An.ii e\'cr\' word did. his si'iar^^ i^ar^i l^ii'iir 



So out hv crept oil his noiseless feet, 
And swift he ran to the council, then. 
And never a soul ilid the horneii-toaii meet 
"Til he came to the lodge of wise old men. 

And then indeed was excitement keen 
\\'hen, raisinir his voice so small and shrill, 
He told them all he hail heard and seen 
Of the rascal who'd worked so much of ill. 
And over the town the news so j^ood, 
Carried by shout and crv and call. 
Spread like tire in an autumn wood, 
Anil carried it's joy to one and all. 
'I'hen pulling the lynx by his silkv tail, 
'1 hey dragged him into the public sijuarc, 
And paying no heed to his angry wail, 
'1 hey chained him down to a tree-stump there. 
And old Father Bear with a sharpened stone 
Cut ort' his tail with a single "whack," 
And the liOH-CAl' slunk with a sa»-age groan 
Into the forest and never came back! 


The Hunter 

How quiet the UDoiis! \ct tlu- hunter's 
trained ear 
Can all thr^u^ll the forest so many sounds 
liear : 
lie soft gentle eoo of the wild doves at nii^ht; 
lie paddin;^ of foxes; the deer's fontstep light; 
he whir of the woodeoek that ri^es in (light; 
Ihe small chatter made bv the si|uirrel> in fright: 
The i-icis/i .\< the rabhit slips by through the gra>^; 
he murmur of leaves as the summer winds pa>s. 
How ([uiet the woods! \et the hunter'> traineil ear 
Can all through the forest these tiny sounds hear 

The Ride 

CLICKKIV-CLACK, dickcty-clack; 
Out on mypniiy, ai 1 now that I'm back 
I'll tell you the thing's that 1 saw on tlic road: 
A prairic-(1og town, ami a little horned-toad 
A lizard asleep on a rock in the sun, 
He jumped as we passed him, and how he did run! 
A herd of wild ileer that (lew by switt as lij^ht; 
A coyote j^ray that was soon out of sight. 
When takinj,' a trail down a slieer canvon wall 
We had to gi) slowly for fear of a fall. 
Ami tar down below we could see the bright gleam 
Of Mata-watoba, the swift little stream. 
And high up the clilf, hardly seen from below, 
.\n eagle had built where no hunter could go. 

If ^Ol'l) take that trip, with my father to guide. 
\N ith my eyes to see things, mv ponv to ride, 
I know what vou'd say that the cities could go, 
^ ou'd live as an Indian, whether or no. 

C'lickety-clack, dickety-clack. 

Out on my pony and all the wav back, 

'I'hat'.s what I saw bv the suie of the roa.l. 

Anil all in the sunligiit that sparkled and glowed. 


My Burro 

Yor mav think my burro stupid and imagine 
he is slow. 
But he'd tfi) as fast as any, if he only CHOSK 

to jr,). 

And there are so manv little tricks I've taught him 

how to do, 
If he'i' only ever do them but he never chooses to! 
Still I never really blame him for the thinj^s he tries 

to shirk, 
For my burro isn't LAZY, but he simply HATES to 




The Bunny 


LI TTLl-; bun 111 the sun. 
So happv ami so warm; 
1 II- nibbled t,Ma<s iinr liad, alas 
A MMulc tlmimbt of harm. 

Hut creeping iiuuk, with rahbit-stick, 
A little rcil-skiii eamc. 
Anii spvin^ bun out in the sun, 
He earetully took aim. 

liut bun had ears that had for \ears 
Heard sounds the slightest made; 
He tlueked and ran and then he^an 
A raee through wood anil yladc. 

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Tlicv ran mi t.i>t tlicv were at la>t 
So ilustv, tire \ aiui Imt ; 
The red-^kiii >t(ippei1, and hunn\ pupped 
Behind liiiii like a shot. 

The red-skin slept, and hiiniu erept 
To >afetv tar a\\a\ ; 

liut as he dreamed the red-skin seemed 
To hear tlie huiinv sav; 

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■■() little brave, I bet; you save 
^'our rabbit-sticks tor life 
Of SA\'ACjK jfame, who are to blame 
For all the war and strife. 

'"Our ten(1er meat is jj;()od to eat, 
But surelv you can find 
So much of food that's just as good 
But of another kind. 

^(, INDIAN I.I.(.I;N 1)s IN 11 H Y MK 

'•1 wish you'd sec that life to me 
Is dear as yours to you. 
And XKVKR kill a bun until 
The bunny ASKS you to." 

The red-skin woke, and then he spoke 
15oth thouj^htfuUy and slow: 
"ril maybe kill SOMK j,'amc but will 
Let all tiie l!l NMl.S gn." 

The Sky Tcpce 


r seems to me the sky at night, 
So full of friendly stars that peep. 
Is just a tepee o'er us spread 
To keep the light out as we sleep. 

The Hiire 

Lri TLK HROTHKRof the plain, swifter than 
the air, 
() be careful as you run ; of the hawk beware! 
Kagle-eved he watches you, Little Brother 
And the fox is watching too from his hidden lair; 
() he cnreful as vou run. Little Brother Hare. 

The Star-Babies 

IN tlic little rain pnol 
When the nights are conl 
Like bright, silver leaves the stai habies 
And the crickets peep. 
And the frogs croak deep. 
As each star-babv rocks in his tiny boat. 


The nif^ht-wind's croon 

Is a drowsy tune. 

And the star-babies soon are fast asleep; 

"Til the sun's first ray 

Brinu^s the peepini; liay. 

And the star-babies back to their skv-home creep. 

Hunting Song 

Ho! heigho! with my arrows and bow, 
I'm off on a hunt and 1 luuu hij,'h iind low ; 
The fo\ anil the iiare and the greedy black 
Had better watcii out. for 1 hunt evervu liere ; 
I've an I've on the hawk in the sk\ overliead. 
And the little b.lack snake in li;s warm sandy bed. 
IIoI heigliol With m\ airows an i bow. 
None can e-cape me wherever 1 go. 

Sing a chant of feather^ worn bv brave red men. 
!;ither went to battle and never lamc back again. 

There ;i ynuiiL; hr;ivc frum tiu- wc'it 

Who >,iii1 lici'iulti -h'Hituith t.'x- best; 

I le -Imt at a >. niw, 

I5iit tlif arrnu went low. 

Aiul >lint not till- (.iiiw. but the iicst. 

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The Covote 

HK'S veari-'ii tu (.Mine aiMuii.i tlic camp uhcrt 
it i> li^lit; 
He .iKva\> uaitj uiitil tin- lire i« 'Ut at 
iii:;lit ; 
Villi tluii lit.' I rcups, aihi nearer creeps, a -IkuImu '^r.w ; 
\iui \elp> and Imwls lu tr\ to scare the tinffs a\va> ; 
le xelp'- >'i l"Uil ami ta^t I al\sa\s tliink a pack 
> muuA tlie camji. hut when iie\t day I liiiti lii- track, 
see that lie w a> prnulin^, luintinn all ahiiie, 
lust peekiiiij; ruuiiii to see it he cmilil tiiiil a hone. 
Brntlier C'nNnte, al\\a\> \vi>elv tliriuiL,'li the 'lay, 
Keeps quiet, aiul I only see him lar away. 






When the Sun Goes Down 

WHKX the sun j^'ncs ilouii in the flowing 
And the world ^rows tjuiet and dark and 
All the iia\ -people ^o to their sleepy rest - 
I'rom the deer and the hare to the hsh in the pool. 
Hut the night-folks wake from their long, day sleep, 
And shake all the lazy dreams away; 
The grav wDlves prowl, and the crickets cheep; 
The frogs croak loud with their voices deep; 
'Ihc coyotes near to the hogans creep; 
And the shadowy owls from their tree-homes peep. 
And "whoi)-to-u hoo" in a lioleful yvav. 

Then the night-wind comes witii a playful rush 
Ami rattles tlie cones on the pinyon tree; 
He shakes the dust from the mezijuite bush, 
And the sand whirls round in a dance of glee. 
'I'hen the fairy-folk from the under-ground 
And the tiny elves from tlie Jack-oak trees. 
And ihe animal folk from hole and mound. 
Dance in great circles around and aroumf; 
While their fairy feet hardly touch the ground. 
And their onlv music the singing sound 

Of ti 


plavfui nesoi 

in K n \> t I N C; I KSSON 


\\'a"-ta. the fox-iairv, Icails the (iancc. 

And he skips ami hops in the bahny air. 

The hi>rneil-toad tollows with bow and prance, 

And he is the tiniest fairy th re. 

'I'hev (lance 'til tl.e monn ji;r()\vs pale in the sky, 

An(^ the east j^Idws pink with the cominj^ day; 

Then the ni^ht-winds die with a mournful sigh, 

And the fairy-folk and the animaU tly, 

With manv a hop and skip and cry, 

To their burrows low or their tree-tops high, 

To sleep all the sunlit hours away. 

The Dancing Lesson 

A WARM and drowsy hush is over all. 
As shines the noontide sun on Mobe wall; 
When through thj pueblo streets is heard 
the thrum 
Of old Pedro Ki-ee-te"s ancient drum; 
And singing too a childish voice is heard. 
And pat of feet keep time with every word: 
"Hi! Yi! Yi! and Ho! Yo! Yo! 
Shake the rattle high, then low ; 
Pat the ground with buck-skin toe; 
Standing straight and bowing low; 
Sometimes fast and sometimes slow 
Back and forth and round I go." 
And old men stop and nod and smiling say: 
"He'll be the greatest dancer of our tribe some day." 


My Pony 



1 111. I)ut, 'i!i. Imw he 

1-:'S IMt ^:i 1 

I, ail ru;i ; 
It'- ,il\'. .n- witli in\ iiMii\ I ii.ivc tlic 
grc.Kc-t lull. 

The Drum 

C'( )M I .. I DIIU-, IMIK-, 
ll.llk: Lltllc I'.lntlRT. tlK' .,ll! 

-it the tiiuin. 
( )ul Mil ihe iil^ht w hill the ,iir is 

-.. >u\\. 
Ami the ni'j:lil-h,i\\ !. -weeps 

fmm the il.iik'iiinic hill, 
An.i the sli.hinws ereep 
|-'nun the i.iiiii ^t' -leep, 
.\ini the hreath ot the plains ^t'ows -harp ai.i ehiU, 
(.'iinie. enine, C'lme. 
1 laikl the eall of the drum. 

C'lmie, CDiue, eome, 

Haik! Little Hmther. the call of the cinim.; ai,'o when the laiui \\a> I ree. 

.\iii1 the linlian inanieil ti'i:n -ea t i sea, 

1 lis lieart heat liijlu 

With tile love i)\ ti^lit, 

.\ii(i it ealled to liattle in sa\a-;je ke\ : 

(.'lime, I'nine, ennie, 

I laik! the i.ill of tlie ((rum. 


;IPV . 

24 I Nl) 1 A N 

1,1. (. 

i.N 1)S 

I N 


M i: 

("iiinc, coinc, ci 


Hark! Littk' B 

rntiier, t 

le .all (.f 



(lunc arc tiic li 

a\> \\ hen it eallei 

1 to 


("cimiiicrcil the 

liraxe an 

il hrnken 



(jDiic arc the li 


And the buCfal 


Ami the ^ava^L 


"s iuisiievl 

an I 

i still; 

C'i>nie, eotne, ei 


Hark! the rail 

i)\ the .1 


Come, idiiie, eome. 

Hark! Little Brother, the eall of the tirum. 

It Lall> to tile (iaiue at the break ot ilav, 

.And the trolies and pranks of the elown at play; 

Tlic laughter aiu! jest. 

'Til the i,d(!\vinir west 

l"ade> into the shaiiows of evening gray. 

Come, eome, lonie, 

1 lark! the eall of the ilrum. 

Old Brother Fox Goes A-Huntln^^ 

LI) HROrHKR FOX went a-luintinL; '>nc 



V._^ ((). Little lL"-c, he i> ^'Hiiu; vour way!) 

When rhe air was mlil an*! tlie skv wa^- t^rav. 
(Hiiie! Little Hare, O, \\n)\\ I sa\!) 
Olii HrotJK'r \'')\ went a-iumtin^ nne ilav, 
Ikit the little uias liare was hi. Men awav, 
Aii^l <iKi Hnither l'o\ eanie haek. tlie\ sav, 
Ami went without dni.ier that col 1, yra\ day. 

The Owl 

OL' r in the fnrest I liear liiin. Hark! 
"Whoii-to-u hi>i>" 
1 le waits to call "til tiie WDods are liark; 
"Wli<ii)-ti)-w hoo" 
I'm seared when 1 hear his tlappin,^ wiiii^s; 
It makes me tiimk ot siieh ^liostlv thini,'s; 
it's (ihi lir.ither Owl who weir.Uy sinj^s: 
"Whi)i>-ti)-w liDo." 

r I ^i 

Prairie- l3oi^ Town 

illl'A'R!-; hii,' aihl they're little, tiie\'re tat 
_ aiiil the\'re thin, 

M 'I'he peiiple nl }irairie-iii:,i!; tnu n ; 

When the\ enme tn tiieir Imuses an.! want to 
uet in 
Thev don't ^o ri'stairs hut ^n down! 

Twilight Thoughts 

DANC'l.NC) shadows leap and tall 
On the Miioky tcpcc wall. 
And 1 iicar out in the ni,<;ht 
Funnv sounds that in the li.t^ht 
Never seem the same at all. 

Seems so awful cjueer to me; 
( )tten 1 liave tried to see 
What they are that sott'.y call. 
And come near the tepee wall, 
But with tiaylijj;ht alwa>s tlee. 

Seems to me 1 hear them say: 
"We are dreams from far away; 
Little bovs who'd like to be 
lust a little red-skin free; 
Hut we must go home by day. 

'i'nderiieath our fairer skin 
We are just like you within. 
And we'd like to live like you. 
O'er the desert roaminj^ too; 
Little Brother, let us in." 

Hut thev will not come to mc 
When 1 eall so tenderly. 
When 1 open wide tlie door. 
And make room upon the floor; 
No, thev never come to me 
i iiiuigii i (.Jii so tciii.eii). 



How Brother Coyote Found His 


rr'l'LK eHIKF no.i.lci, with heavy lids 
Aii.i (ircamily watclu-ii a< his father, with 


Sat painting the hiuk-skin, si; eareliilly u'r-'upinir 
Tlic bravest aiu! boldest of battlc-si.eiies tlK-re. 

He watche.i "til the colors -^o bri^^ht and so 1,'lowins,' 
Seeiiu.] all of one hue through the haze in iiis eves. 
And just as his tiiou.s^rhts into dreamland were ,L,r,)ing 
He jumped to his leei with a start of surprise; 

For there in the door, wiiere the shadows were playi^^^ 
Stood iUother C'ovote, one paw in the air; 
I liar heekoned and waved, in the sij,rn-l.,„tri,a,Lre sayin.t; 
He'd eome with a niessa,ii:e to Little ('bief there. 


p INDIAN I i;(, I.N l)S IN W U \ M K 

III'; w.i- hniuhi tiL,'ht in a cnlLir nt i^rr.i«>c; 
And .ill Ik- iMulil -.IS u,i> .1 iTiiak an.! a uhcczc; 

i^ iui»t\ 'M',i\ n at \\ . 

in ^rcat ^ha^t^\' nia^scr 

And spattcrcil with imul truni his head to hi> ki'cc? 

Kittle (' 

hu-t >lip|H'(! pa^t the du(ir< ^winLiin^ curtain: 

And UlMtlKT (iJMit 


c, in ML,Mi-ianLi;iiaL;f plain, 
II. 1 huw he nail |n-t \n<i hi- xniei-, and u a 
With Little Cdiiel's help, he eoiild lind it a^. 

- eeriain. 


Little Chief iiM.Med, ,ind i|uiekl\ the\ started, 
And Hnither ('ii\(ite led straiLrht tn .i iimuiid 

< )t du'<t\ ''v.w roek- 

\\ iiere he eaiituHi-h parte 

'1 lie .■..i^e-hriivh m Irdiit of a hole hlaek and round. 

Little Chief thought he eouhi never L,a't in it; 

It looked ver\ d.irk and it looked \er\ Muall, 

i>ut Hrother C'oxote in less than a rniiuitc 

Had whisked him vtrai^ht in with no trouhle at all. 

he liu'hi w,is (|uite bright and the\ saw verv elearh 

p.i->.iL;e tilled with a crowd of 1 


ome eomiiii;, -ome uoiiiir, and most of then 

em ne.irlv 


ere hidden from si,i,,dit bv the si/e of their loai 

ir everv small back Iiad a \ 

II U' hat: to earrv. 


Hits and dry grains and some purple corn ti 
And never a moment would one of them tarrv; 
For each had his work before winter to do. 


n lurr n i w i (m or v. s no 1 1 k 


Ami Hrnthcr C"i)\Mtc to make the toads hear hmi 
|u>t strcti. heil out hi> arms "til lie l)arreii the whole uav, 
Aiiil everv honiedtoaii came aiivuhere near him 
just HAD to -taihi still 'nl lieM <.uA his whole sa\. 

"lias aii\one here seen m\ voice?" he eroakeil, wheez- 
Ami most ot the toads shook their heads, meaiiiiiL; "no,"' 
lUit one little toad, past his small brothers s(|uee/in<;, 
Came cautiously up with his bundle in tow. 

And choo- ^ a space tor a moment to lean it, 

He scratched his L,'ray head tor a seeond to think; 

"brother Coyote, it M.W he I've seen it; 

just what does it I.odk like?" he said with a wink. 

As iirother t"o\ote stood hummini^ and hawint;. 
There came a threat elatter from all of the toads; 
They shoved him aside with mueh pushinj; and claw- 

\nd went on their way with their little grain loads. 

)i INDIAN I I. (, IN l)S IN lUM M F. 

I.ittic C'lmt waited. \u-\ hur-niiL^ with Luii^htcr, 
.\> l5r<iilKT C"(/\()[c stuod M rati hi 111,' his hca.!. 
All (I iKitKc-ii tliat alwa\ V w lu-ii a-kiiii; thereafter 
Ahuiit hi> lust vniee. "Have yni III \Kl) itr" he said. 

I hen the\ went (in "til thev came to a turiiiiii,'; 
^\here huni,' a \)\'^ eiirtain aero>s the whole wa\ ; 
.\ little sfiik lire in a ennier wa> liiiriiin;^ 
'I hat niaiie the plaee cosv an.i hri''Iit a- the dav. 

I he curtain was painteii with (|ueer scenes of battle. 
An.i Little Chief felt he had seen them somewhere: 
I he horses and men and the h\^J, >ai red rattle. 
Ihe same th;U Ins father ha.] painted, were there. 

Ihen l5rother C'ovote and Little Chief waited; 

I hev eould not i,'o farther, it seemed, than thev'd come 
NN hen all ot a sudden a booming voiee stated: 
"Vou eannot ^d on "til \ou've beaten the drum,"' 

I hev both looked around in a manner uneertain; 
NN'hcn Little fhief suddenlv threw baek his head, 
.And there sure enou,y;h was a drum on the eurtain 
.All painted a tJilowint; and beautiful red. 

He rcaehed up Iiis hand and tried gently to pound it. 
And just as he did, to his startled surprise. 
He saw a bijj nose and some ears cottiing 'round it, 
An(l following close were a pair of bijf eves. 

HIU) IH KK c o^ () : 1 -s \ OIC 1, 


Ami thcti in a >ccoiui, a ^Tcat horse appealing', 
He motionci] them both to j^ct quickly astriiic; 
And shakin<4 his inaiu-, with a stampinj^ ami rcariiii' 
He clashed with a rush to the desert outside. 





"O HO!" sang the horse, "now watch mv stride; 
^^'e"re off on a gallop, we're oft for a ride; 
\\'ith the winds of the desert a race we'll run; 
Througii the dusty sage in tlie gleaming <w\\. 
C). III! vi! vi! and iio! no! no! 
\N'e're off on a gallop, AW \^ we go!" 

And then how tlu'v (lew o'er tiie great sandv spaces; 
O'er rocks, hill^, and sage-brush the speed was the same, 
And Little Chief thought of the swift ponv races 
Thev had in his camp when the harvest time came. 

u INDIAN i,i:{,i:ni)s in k n ^ \i i: 

And (111 n"cr the uiiic purple ilcscrt thcv hurricii; 
luuard the tiioiith of a (.aiunn thcv saw far ahcaii, 
.And Little Chief felt rather shaken and worried; 
".\:'U where do you think we are ^oing?"" he said. 

I he horse j^ave a snort, and he started to tossinj^ 
His lonj^ silky mane in a hi^h, haui;htv wav; 
"just wait "til you see." and his tiianner was hossin^; 
"I know what \ou two are out huntinj^ toelav." 

I hen into the bend of a small j^ullv swint^inj^ 
I'hey galloped aloiiL,' throu,i,'h a little stream-bed. 
And saw a j^reat ea^le in larjjc circles winding 
His graceful, slow (lit,'ht in the blue overhead. 

'Ilien out from the mouth of the canyon came running 
I'he dark, shaggy form of a great griz/lv bear; 
Flis little black eyes had lost all of their cunning, 
And onlv a \\\\d look of terror was there. 

.Ami after him followe(f, with much noise and crying, 
-A great many animals, some running near; 
I'hey ca'-ie in great haste and they seemed to be (lying 
I'rom something that caused them the greatest of fear. 

1 lie big iiorse went on, but his great sides were shaking, 
. Villi Little Chief saw, to his migiitv surprise, 
I he horse was just laughing so hard he was making 
I lie big tears of mirth run in streams from his eves. 

B KO I H i; K C () N () 1 I. s \ () K i; 

"To think, (). t'l think that thc\ all >1miiI(I be living 
Fniin that uhith thcv hear cvLr\ das ■ the vcar; 
For, Little Chief, hark! 'ti> their own voue> cr\iiii;, 
III echoes from eaves of tiie eaiuon tiie\ hear. 

'"And now if vou two will j;o earetullv seekinj^ 
Anion^ the t^ roeks of the hiyh eaiuon wall. 
Into all of the eraeks and the dark caverns peekiiii^. 
'You'll find what ymve lost when you've searched 
throimh them all." 

So climbing anil creeping and crawling and walking. 
'Ihe two were soon making their way up the wall. 
And at everv cave they would hush from all talking 
As Little Chief gave a loud crv and a call. 

"HI !" he would call, and the answer came crving, 
"HI!" "Is the voice of the C'ovote here?" 
Hut always the echo that dieil awav sighing 
Seemed faintlv to murmur, "Xo Covote near.*' 

And faint as the voices came back thev were clearlv 
Not Brother C'ovote's, his voiie was not there; 
He grew verv tired and so mad that he nearlv 
\A'as tempted to pull Little CTiiet by the hair. 

'■Tm tired of your poor, little, weak, i> AI.IFAcr. bawl- 

Now listen to MK if you'd hear a kl.M. crv." 
And clearing his throat, he was verv soon calling 
So loudlv he startled the eagles nearbv. 




16 INDIAN I. 1: (, i: \ !) s FN W U V M i; 

Hut to their (Iclij^lu from iic black cave- came Hying 

'J lie ansuerinj^ voins, a dn/xn or more. 


In answer to liini as he stood at the door. 

He opened his mouth without waiting a minute; 
just opene<l it wide to its j^^reatest extent. 
And then in a second the voices were in it. 
.And into nis tiiroat with a rush thev All, went. 

And then what a joyous ji,t,'.t,nn^' ami dancinj,'. 
And yelpintr and howlinir arid harking' there was. 
And Hrother C oyote, in happiness pranciiii;, 
Rushed out of the canyon w ith never a pause. 

He danced to ihc place where the hii,r horse was ,i,'raz- 

And slioutcd. ••III! VI ! there!" n-ht straij,'in in his ear, 

^^ iih all ot his voices, a noise so ama/in;; 

1 he Horse t,Mve a jump and a ,yreat snort of fear. 

An.i I.ittie C'liief saw ,is he ..niie running nearer 
I he horse was so mad he ^^rew a'd in the face. 
And he seemed to irpow smaller and redder and (lueerer, 
I'ntil in a moment he'd vam^^hed in sfiace. 

F.ittle Chief Slopped, for hi< s!„al| kmo were shakinj,'; 
He tell ver\ i|ueer. and he rubbed both bis eves; 
It -eemed to him now as if be were just wakintj. 
And he stretched out bis bands with a start of surprise; 

BHOTIIKU COVOTi; s \ () U K t,-; 


-or JHIRi: WAS Till-. llRi: IX Till-; lIUiAX, STILL lil.OW- 

A.NL TUl.Ri. \\ \s HIS FATIlLK. and over his head, 
On the tan of the buck-skin, he saw clearly shouinjj 
Tin: Hu; Rlarixc Horsk. painted plainly in red. 

And out on the desert he heard a ki-vi-inj,'; 
That filled all the nitrht with a wonderful din. 
And Little Chief smiled at the far-away crying; 
"It"s Brother Coyote." he thought with a grin. 
And so when the mellow moon brightly is shining 
If vou hear far away on the chillv night air 
-A yelping and barking and singing and whining 
'I'hat sounds like a dozen Coyotes out there. 

"^'ou may know it is Brother Coyote, who's bringing 
His voices to air in the vellow moonlight; 
He is proud of their tones, and does all of his singing 
Fn the long, quiet hours of the cool desert night. 

The Mcdicinc-Man 


.Mi:i)lC"lM;-M.\N I'm -oin- to l)c 
W'licn I am ^roun. aiui \'>u >hall »cc 
I low I rail shake llic ratilc, SOl 
And on iii\ toes so softlv ,l;o; 

< ), woiil.ln't \ou like to (.(jiiK' aiiil -.-c 
.\ incilli iin.--maii like I'm ,L;oiii;^r to lie' 

A iiu'ilii iiu'-maii l"ni ^ iIiilc to he, 
Aihi all tlie men <liall eo:ne lo me, 
An«l ,i^k .iih'iee and \\ i>.ioiii too. 
Ami I >h,ill tei! them w iiat lo ,io; 
( ), Jon't \ou >\i»h \'-u were nii 
And wise as I am i^oinj; to lie.-" 

Canip-Firi" Talcs 

TI II-: time I like of ,:11 the hest 
I < w hen the niulit 
Throws ,1 Milt hlanket o'er the we:t. 
And then tile li^'iit 
( >t our hii^ht eamp-lire tla-hcs red. 

In eheiMA hla/e, 
And old men tidl, with nodiiiiiL^ 
()t other »ia\s. 

Old Brother Fox 

OLD BROTHKR FOX has a raKk'cdy tail 
That drags on the j^round when he runs; 
He'll hunt for a rabhit o'er hill and o'er 
But he's dreadfully warv of jruns. 

'< , /. 



IKH^:^^!;- -a: :-^;-i^■-^^--: . W-^^:M 

Tin: Rl NM.K- 

The Runner 

LOX(j before the horse or train 
Ruslied across the desert spaces; 
Loii^r before the .Spaiiianl catiie; 
Or the paler northern races; 
O'er the trail tlirouij;h desert waste, 
Head erect and free limbs s\vinj,Mng, 
eaiTie the runner swift, in haste; 
'J'idings from liis brothers briiij,'ing. 

And the runner still todav 

IJrings the news of dance or races, 

from the towns so far awav 

\N here tlie white man leaves no traces, 

And tile trail he travels o'er 

I> the same his early brothers. 

In the centuries before, 

I raveled with their news to others. 



r .tj>i, 'ii\ 

The Ea^Ic 

HKjH up in the canyon wall. 
Where the ri)ck> are dark aiul tal 
There the eaj^ie builds hi^; nest, 
1 liere he ^nvs at ni^ht to rest. 
In his featliereil Imnie sn warni. 
Sheltcreii safe froni any harm, 
Little eaglets snugly lie, 
Waiting 'til they learn to lly. 

Safe above the arrow's tlii^ht 
Ihev are hiililen out of sii^ht; 
Where the only eye to see 
Is the eagle's tlyiiDj free 
1 11 i^ liixles overlie. 111. 
Wati'hinif o'er their ifownv bed. 
And the mother eai^le, too, 

I'lNlli^ .MVifti\ tiiroiiiiii tiie hiiiC, 



Keeps her eye upon her brood 
As she looks about for food. 
How the sunbeims from the west 
Shine upon their wings and breast, 
And how gracefully they th- 
in wide circles in the sky I 


The Harvest Dance 


() the pounding of the drum, 
All the happy rcil-skins come; 
Decked in feathers, gay ami bright, 
Shaking rattles— what a sight! 

Feet begin to pat the ground; 

Little red-skins leap arounil. 

Fast and faster yet they leap. 
Dancing 'til the sunbeams creep 
Down upon the beaten floor 
And the rattles shake no more; 
Then the drums arc silent, too, 
And the harvest dance is through. 



Ill II t ri;-s().\(i" 

The Flutc-Song 

IDO not blame the little birds 
For tlviiii^ down so near; 
I do iKit blame the little brook 
For creeping elo>e to hear; 
The tinv speeks ot siinshine. too. 
That flutter from the sky, 
And drop in spots of jrolilcn li^ht 
Down throui^'h the leaves so j^reen and bright. 
And on the soft j^rass lie. 

Thev eome in answer to a voice 

That seems a brother's call; 

'Ihe tlute-soni^ that my father plays, 

The sweetest soni^ of all; 

it brings the summer bree/es back 

lust as thev thouj^ht to creep 

lo sunny lands so far away, 
\\'here they could take a ludiday. 
And, lirowsy, ilrop to sleep. 

it sets the little aspen leaves 

To dancing on the tree; 

And starts my heart to singing 

To the sweetest melodv 

And even in mv dreams at night 

I hear the lliite-song lall. 

So sweet and drowsv, low and clear, 

It brings the woodland xoiies near, 

And seems to sing them all. 



H)M1., 1.1 1 UK Ml\ (Jl MINI 

The Spring 

D()^^■^' in the holIow it bubbles and calls; 
Hark! Little sun of mine, ilost thou not 
Haste. fi)r the shadi)\v of evenini^ falls, 
And the call n\ the spring is lnuii and clear. 

Haste! for thv father is coming soon. 
And the meal in the bubbling pot is done; 
Hut tlie jar i- as drv as a "^uiiitner noon 
And no one to hll it but us, mv son. 


iivsri lOR nil siiAOow oi i\i\i\(; kaiis" 

^^^:y-^: r^L. 

Little Snake 


RI(j(iLI-;. wrij,'ixlc. little snake; 

Tell me what vou eat. 
"All the little niiee ami tlies, 

Tiiat 1 chance to meet. 


The Harvest Dance of the 

0\'I';R the top of a desert hill 
The ji;i)ldeii saiui lay warm aiui still; 
[5ut down in the cool of the underj^round 
Was siir and bustle and buz/ of sound. 
The fielii-miee canie with their ^oKlen j;rain: 
The prairie-dojjs with lonj^ strips of cane; 
Kaeh animal brought as mucii as he could 
Of what he th()uj.^ht was the choicest food. 
'I'here were melons and corn and nuts and beans, 
And fruits ami roots and the dewiest greens. 
And the feast was spread with the j^reatest care 
On tlie beaten lloor of the biji; room, where 
Later would sound the booming ilrum, 
And the Harvest Dancers would ,nail\ come 
'l"o bend and bow and leap and prance 
In tlie whirling maze of the Harvest Dance. 

.\iid now they all sat down to the feast. 

From big lirother Hare to the tiniest beast, 

.And Little Tee-wanna came ratiier late, 

l?ut lie was hungry and greedily ate; 

.\nd he swallowed so fast he coughed and choked, 

.\nd the others mocked him and laugiied and jokeil, 

l"or Little 'I'ee-wanna was called a clown; 

lie never known to growl or frown, 

Hut alwavs smiled wlien the other-; sigheil. 

Or cheered them up when the\ sailU i.ried. 

Little Tee-wanna a horneil-to.i.i was, 

.\ihi b-A\ anti head an^i tail aiui claws 

DANci: oi- rm: r n ni: u(. uor n i) ;i 

Were colored witli spots ot brown and j;ray 
Like the rocks and sands where he always lay. 
Little Tee-wanna was ijuick as light. 
And his tiny eyes were deep and bright, 
And his ears were sharp, so he saw ami heard 
Kvery event that ever occurred, 
From the smallest move to the tiniest sound 
In this animal world of the underground. 

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But now that the feast was nearly through, 
A noise was heani that was strange and new; 
It came from the hole tiiat was overhead, 
That into the outdoor desert led; 
And looking up in a sudden fright. 
They saw a terrifying sight. 
I'wo glaring eves looked down within. 
From 1 great gray face that was gaunt and thin. 
And a , uge mouth opened red and u iile. 
With rows of sh p white teeth inside. 
And the (jrav Wolf seemed of a teniblc si/e. 
As the room was Hlk-d with his hungry cries. 
The prairie-dogs sat frozen still, 
And Brother Hare lookeil pale and ill; 
The field-mice chattered weak with fright 
And the lizard quickly slipped from sight. 
Onlv the Morned-toaii smiling stood, 
.And he raised his voice as high as he could, 
\m\ shouted loud with a gleeful grin: 
"Old Brother Wolf, come in, come in." 
I'or well he knew that the hole was small 
.And the great (iray Wolf was broad ann uill, 
.And he knew that his brothers were safe within. 
So wider and merrier grew his grin. 

,-i INDIAN I. K (, i: N I) S I N W H ^ \l K 

The (ira\ W'olt piislic(1 liis hij^ head tlirough, 

Hut lii> shiiulcicrs stiiik and lie .iniirv i^rcw ; 

lie [Hislied and stru^^lcd and growled and clii)kcd 

While the Horned-toad danced and laughed and joked 

And kicked the du>; in tlie (jrav Wolf";; e\ es 

And down his throat "til he choked hi* cries, 

And dancinj^, cautiously, verv near 

He >-tuck his nose with a cactus spear. 

The (irav Wolf ii;ave a roar of pain 

And jerked his head through the hole ajfain; 

In a cloud of dust he rushed awav 

And no one saw him ajf;iin that dav. 

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And that is why, so the wise have told, 
Little Ice-wanna was chosen of old. 
When the ^rcat hide drums beyan to pound. 
To lead the dance in the untieri^round. 

The Navajo Shcphcrd-Boy 


KiH up Mil my mesa-land, 
\Micrc tlic world seems tar away. 
I can uatcli on every hand 
If mv sheep should chance to stra\. 

All the world is spread below: 
Desert, plain, and purple hill. 
I'larlv sprinj; and winter's snow 
Always find me watchinj^ still. 

With my little Hock 1 i^o 
Searching for the pasture best; 
"Til our steps ji^row tired and slow. 
Aiul the sun sinks in the west. 

Back then to our hoj^an home 
I p upon the mes.i steep, 
And beneath the starr\ dome 
1 wiP sini; my tiock to sleep: 

"I rom the east the shadows creep; 
HriiiL;ini; hours ot rest and sleep 
To my tlock ot wearv sheep: 



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,"4 I N 1) I A N I. i: (. K \ 1) S I N ]{ H Y M 1, 

"In the west tlic sun-gnil bright, 
nraws his ra\s in fur the ni^ht; 
I'eepinj^ stars eomc into sij^ht; 

Rest, little sheep, rest. 

"Safely bv vour shepherii led 
I'll \(iiir siift ami ,t;rassy bed; 
With tile (lark skv overhead; 

Rest, little sheep, rest." 




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